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Weekly Recap: Starting and Ending a Seasonal Side Hustle

In our forty-ninth weekly recap, we'll highlight the lessons learned in this week. Also: more listener Q&A and updates from the road!
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Episode 344

In our forty-ninth weekly recap, we'll focus on a couple of different concepts that popped up this week including the pros and cons of launching a seasonal side hustle.

Around this time of year, I always go on what I call my Annual Review trip. This is something I've been doing myself for the last 10 years and is the single thing I can use to trace the productivity I've had and the goals I've been able to accomplish. Essentially, it's a measure of my success. If you're interested in learning more about the process, start here!


Today we have a listener email from Lisa and a listener voicemail from Mimi:

  • Lisa: "I had to tell you what I did today. I have been listening to SHS all year and pre-ordered your new book. Like a lot of your listeners I'm sure, have a bunch of ideas floating around but I haven't pulled the trigger on anything. 

    I started to read your book and went through 6 days of it, and then got stalled at the napkin exercise when life got in the way for a while. So, I decided that I would devote the day before Thanksgiving to Side Hustle Camp!

    I made myself an agenda, lit a fire, put on comfy clothes, and spent the day reading the whole book so I would see the big picture of how everything would all go. Then, I scheduled how I can go back through the book and all the exercises by the end of the year. I will launch in 2017!

    And then, the most exciting thing is I bought a domain name that I've ALWAYS wanted and bought the 2-year hosting platform on InMotion after listening to Extended Cut 3. What a day! I am super excited, and I knew you'd be happy to hear this. Feel free to share the idea of Side Hustle Camp to anyone. Sometimes you need to create a fun and devoted day to get yourself unstuck.

    Thank you so much for everything you do! You are really helping to change my life when I need it (I am suddenly trying to make extra money to support my 91-year-old Mama). Cheers!"

  • Mimi has decided that she'd like to start a podcast as her side hustle, but the mechanics of it give her pause. She's hoping to get an idea of what goes into producing a show like Side Hustle School and what I would recommend for beginners. 

    If you'd like to start a podcast of your own, check out EXTENDED CUT #11: Lessons in Podcasting on our monthly Extended Cuts page! 

If you have something you'd like to ask me or an update you'd like to share, I'd love to hear from you! Leave me a voice message on the website or call into the Side Hustle Hotline (Dial 844-9-HUSTLE // 844-948-7853), and your question may be featured on the show!


Here's what we heard this week on Side Hustle School! Listen to this week's recap for a more comprehensive highlight reel.

  • Ep. 338 - A month-long, part-time project writing personalized letters from Santa Claus earns $6,000
  • Ep. 339 - Two friends in their twenties create a “nonsense” party game. Ten years later, they turn it into a side hustle that is now sold at Target
  • Ep. 340 - After a year’s worth of shopping and research, a criminal defense attorney and digital operations manager launch a line of accessories at local shops
  • Ep. 341 - A Texas couple’s bucket list challenge turns into a full-time hustle making and selling ice pops throughout the state
  • Ep. 342 - In this meow-nificent episode, a Houston scientist and her partner start a service to look after cats when their owners are on vacation. Avoid pro-cat-stination—listen to Side Hustle School and get to work!
  • Ep. 343 - By day, she works at a museum in Berkeley, California. The rest of the time, she builds giant puppets and produces performances for eager audiences
Inspiration is good; inspiration combined with action is better. Now get back to work!

Yours in the revolution,


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  • Brooklyn, NY - December 13th
  • Victoria, Canada - January 26th

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Here's what's coming up next...

Each week I'll feature more stories from people who are starting side hustles without quitting their job. Here's a sneak peek of what's coming next week:

  • After getting locked out of his apartment, a software engineer creates a pocket tool that sells 500,000 units and now employs 17 people
  • A neuroscientist turned marketing manager moonlights as an artist, selling original papercut designs on Etsy with very little marketing
  • A Montreal engineer creates a camera review blog that earns passive affiliate commissions month after month

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"If you worry about getting overwhelmed by your side hustle, choose a seasonal one or otherwise put limitations around it. Your hustle works for you, not the other way around!"

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